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15 Holiday Recipes You Can Make In A Slow Cooker

You already know that your slow cooker is your kitchen's most valuable appliance. But did you know it's your secret weapon for holiday entertaining? Here, 15 amazing recipes you can make in this miracle appliance--from Christmas ham to candied almonds.<p><b>Slow-Cooker Glazed Ham</b><p>Let your roast cook on a …

Cooking

The Scientific Secrets of What Makes a Happy Home

<i>Home</i>. The very word conjures up all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings. But you've surely noticed that some people's houses feel more <i>homey</i> than others. They say you can't put happiness in a bottle -- and yet recent research reveals plenty of ways to boost joy based on where you buy, how you renovate, …

Happiness

Buying These Organic Foods Is A Waste Of Money

<i>By: Kara King</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>People choose to eat organically for many reasons -- it's better for the planet, it's supposedly healthier -- but often these folks are misguided. Although it's true that USDA organic products must be free from synthetic ingredients and grown on farms that strive to …

Agriculture

The Morning After the Paris Attacks: Pictures

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Scott Pruitt

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

Software Automatically Takes Out Distracting Items From Your Photos

You should have composed it better in the first place though<p>The internet is flooded with photos—of your brunch, of your cat, of your estranged elementary school friend’s cousin’s wedding. 1.8 billion photos are uploaded daily, and most of them are objectively pretty terrible. Now a team of computer …

Princeton University

High-protein breakfasts help teens manage weight

Eating breakfast may do more than give kids an academic edge in the classroom. A new study suggests that eating the morning meal – one that's high in protein – can help overweight teens lose body fat, reduce hunger and eat fewer calories during the day.<p>We've known for years that people who are …

Ashley Madison hackers bash the site's security practices in Q&A

Impact Team, the hackers that stole a massive amount of data from infidelity hookup site Ashley Madison earlier this week, have come forward to tell their side of the story. In an email Q&A with <i>Motherboard,</i> the hack's perpetrators first and foremost shamed Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life …

7 everyday ways you are ruining your IQ

Are you taking Thomas Piketty’s Capital on holiday with you? Do you do sudoku for the promised brain work-out it provides? Have you forced yourself to sit through improving documentaries on BBC Four when you would rather have been watching Come Dine With Me? Bad news: it may all be for …

Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Demographics

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Happiness

A super-hot super-Earth spotted 40 light-years away

Sientists have found an extreme planet where the atmospheric temperature appears to swing wildly from 1,800 to 4,900 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of a two-year period.<p>Astronomers cannot yet say for certain what might be responsible for these drastic shifts in temperature, but in a new study, …

Why we want food so much it hurts

Be it chocolate, cheese or chip shop curry, craving a favourite food is something we’ve all experienced. Why do our bodies suffer such serious pangs? Veronique Greenwood investigates.<p>There's nothing like the salty tang of beef-flavoured Top Ramen broth and a mouthful of slightly overdone instant …

Wellness

Five new albums to try this week: Alabama Shakes, Jlin and more

From Tyler, the Creator’s latest experimental rap outing to Speedy Ortiz’s 90s-inspired alt-rock, stream five albums out this week. What will you be listening to?<p>Tyler, the Creator – Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: Unexpected chillwave production flourishes, discordant piano lines …

Albums

Inside the surprisingly dark world of Rube Goldberg machines

Inside the whimsical but surprisingly dark world of Rube Goldberg machines<p><b>On the eve of the</b> 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest college nationals, six teams gather in Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry children’s museum to set up their machines around the walls of the hangar-like space …

Middle School

How the Boston Marathon Bombing Hurt Tsarnaev's Homeland

Sgt. Sean Murphy—Massachusetts State Police<p>Sgt. Sean Murphy—Massachusetts State Police<p>Sgt. Sean Murphy—Massachusetts State Police<p>Sgt. Sean …

Justice

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Increase Metabolism

10 Things That Slow Your Metabolism<p>Stop these habits now to boost your calorie-burning potential<p>Shutterstock.com<p>Need another reason to love your body? It burns calories all by itself—as long as you don't get in the way. See, every cell in your body plays a role in energy metabolism—the process of …

The Secret Lives of Hillary and Bill in the White House

Broken lamps, shouting matches, sneaking away to the pool—and other scenes from the Clinton residence during the Lewinsky scandal.<p>Emery says he was devastated at the loss of his job, and his $50,000 salary. “I was out of work for a year,” he says. “They ripped the rug right out from under me. You …

Secret Service

Top NASA Scientist: We’ll Find Signs of Alien Life ‘Within a Decade’

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Astronomy
Social Media

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

What Elephants and Whales Look Like From Space

Only two creatures—both mammals—have been seen by private orbiting cameras.<p>When satellite companies talk about the imagery they capture, they play up how you can see big, human-made things: planes and trains and parking lots. Sometimes they might mention, too, how important sky pictures are to …

National Parks

7 Inspiring Steve Jobs Quotes That Just Might Change Your Life | Inc.com

He came, he saw, he conquered...and he left behind some words to live by:<p><b>"I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."</b><p>Everyone says they go the extra mile. Almost no one actually does. Most people who do go there think, …

Motivation

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

Psychology